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One of my favorite sayings about theater is, "As with life, the second act is usually better." Barring some calamity, of course. Comment?
The man suspected of planting bombs in a New York neighborhood and a New Jersey seaside town may have aimed to inflict carnage incognito, but he didn't succeed for long in concealing his identity. Ahmad Khan Rahami provided investigators with a wealth of clues that led to his arrest about 50 hours after the first explosion, according to three law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation. Comment?
Rahami, 28, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan who lived with his Muslim family in Elizabeth, N.J., underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the leg as authorities began drawing up charges in a case that spread fear across the New York area and revived anxiety about homegrown terrorism. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said officials have every reason to believe the series of bombings "was an act of terror," though investigators said Rahami's exact motive isn't yet clear. Comment?
So when the 28-year-old Afghan immigrant was named Monday as the lead "person of interest" in bombings in New York and New Jersey, then apprehended hours later in a shootout with police, people in this gritty neighborhood a few miles from Newark's airport could scarcely believe it. Rahami's father and brothers had long nursed tensions with local officials in Elizabeth, N.J., and some neighbors over the restaurant's late hours. Comment?
A bomb that injured 29 people Saturday in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and another that failed to detonate, were filled with shrapnel and made with pressure cookers, flip phones and Christmas lights to set off a powerful explosive compound, law enforcement officials said Sunday. Both bombs appeared designed to create maximum chaos and fatalities. Comment?
A suspicious device found in a trash can near a New Jersey train station exploded early Monday as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials said. Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said that the FBI was working to disarm one of five devices found in the same bag, which was discovered in a trash can by two men around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, near the Elizabeth train station on New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor rail line. Comment?
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